The host of the Talk Nerdy to Me podcast, and all-around science nut, Cara Santa Maria is back for part two of a fantastic chat about all things science, life, the universe, and all of it. She also explains a bit about her tattoos and the meaning behind some of them.
Cara Santa Maria (@CaraSantaMaria), who hosts the Talk Nerdy to Me podcast and is a wealth of knowledge about all things science, stops by for a fun chat about her life, her interest in science, why she loves it, and where the world might be headed.
Jeremiah and Dave share more Whiskey Barrel Brew from Indian Wells and continue their chat about System Engineering, exploring space, why it matters, and then they try to figure out what the universe feels like.
System Engineer Jeremiah Crane, who has degrees from USC and Georgia Tech drops by to chat with David about Model Based System Engineering over some Whiskey Barrel Brew from Indian Wells. The title might sound kind of boring, but Jeremiah has lived a fascinating life and studied and interned at some very interesting places, like an electronics company in Japan. He and David have a great conversation about space travel, rockets, the universe, all of it. Grab your own Whiskey Barrel Brew and join in. A call to Steven Yates (@StevenEYates) kicks things off.
The Physics Girl herself (@thephysicsgirl) Dianna Cowern is the guest this week. David travels to San Diego and records a conversation from the offices of the enterprise that is the Physics Girl. Dianna has had a fascinating life, and she’s obsessed with physics and sharing cool physics knowledge with the world. Get to know her and a little bit more about the world just by listening to this episode and watching her youtube videos.
Music at the end, recorded live at the Junk Show, by Common Miner with Pictures from the album The Match That Stayed Lit.
Julie BC (@thebookchew) is back to share more Belgian Blonde Ale from Rince Cochan and continue the discussion on language, culture, and why satire is important. And check out the photos she mentioned here.
Julie BC (@thebookchew), who has worked for a secret international crime fighting organization and has a BA in Slavic Languages and Literature from UC Berkeley, stops by to share some delicious Belgian Blonde Ale from Rince Cochan and chat about her time in France, what makes language fascinating, and why her cat looks like a jerk.
Music at the end from Common Miner, who will be performing live this Sunday April 9th at the Junk Show’s 37 Month Extravaganza show, with Parade Blue.
Author and screenwriter Stephen H. Foreman (The Jazz Singer, Toehold, Watching Gideon) talks about his upcoming book Journey as well as his early career, his time in the Marines, and his fascinating life story. He and David enjoy some Blonde Ale from Guinness and chat outdoors in Los Angeles.
The music at the end is Some Voices by Pinback from their latest release Some Offcell Voices, which is a full length album comprised of two earlier EPs Offcell and Some Voices. You can purchase this beautiful thing on vinyl here.
Comedian, troubadour, and raconteur extraordinaire Henry Phillips (@henlips) drops by to chat about his great new movie Punching Henry, studying music, getting into comedy, and how he got his first movie Punching The Clown made. A call to Dan Pritchard (@danfromorange) starts things off.
Filmmaker, comedian, and Bigfoot enthusiast Scott Herriott (squatchfilms.com) visits to share some Spire Mountain Draft Cider, talk about the legend of Bigfoot, and discuss his personal encounter. It’s a riveting tale. Grab some cider of your own and join in. A call to Jackie Kashian (@jackiekashian), whose new album I’m Not the Hero of This story is out now, kicks things off.
Comedian Myq Kaplan (@myqkaplan) visits to chat about the nature of being, why we gravitate toward certain types of thinking, what it all might be about, and how to stay happy during your experience of it. A call to Kyle McGinn (@KyleMcGinnMN) starts things off. You can purchase Myq’s new album No Kiddinghere.
Prashanth Venkat(@Venkatetc) is back, but did he live? After a health scare in episode one, he and David discuss that along with the concept of choice, free will, decisions, and a little bit about Prashanth’s studies in Molecular Biology. They share more delicious Roasted Marshmallow Cream Hard Soda from Indian Wells.
Comedian, writer, and molecular biologist Prashanth Venkat (@Venkatetc) shares some Indian Wells Roasted Marshmallow Cream Hard Soda and discusses free will, luck, challenges, success, and health. Will he live to see part two?
Writer Owen Wiseman (@ogwiseman) is back to share more Orange Blossom Amber from Indian Wells Brewing and chat more about mental fortitude, habits, and creating a version of yourself that is prepared to handle the world.
Owen Wiseman (@ogwiseman), author of Samurai’s Blood, stops by to share some Orange Blossom Amber from Indian Wells and chat about forming habits, becoming the person you think you can be, and how to be prepared for what life throws your way.
The conversation with Susie Schober and Ehsan Pakbaznia, who both have PhDs in Electrical Engineering from USC, continues over more beer from Indian Wells Brewing. They share some Special Black Lobotomy Bock Lager, and get further into computer chips, data, server farms, and whether they would create a universe of their own.
The song at the end is Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster from Thee Oh Sees.
Susie Schober and Ehsan Pakbaznia, who met while getting their PhDs from USC, drop by to share some Triple Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing and discuss how the digital world is made, how they met, and how best to define genius.
Chris Mancini (@chrisjmancini) is back for part two of a conversation about the nature or movies, how they have changed, whether they will continue to be around in the future, and what makes them good. A call to Andy (@beest_master) starts things off.
Chris Mancini (@chrisjmancini) is one of the hosts of the Comedy Film Nerds Podcast. He is also a writer, producer, and director. He stopped by to chat about what makes movies worthwhile, what he loves about them, and where they might be going. A chat with his co-host Graham Elwood (@grahamelwood) starts things off. To watch their documentary Earbuds, click here.
The song at the end (provided by Dan) is Wakin’ on a Pretty Day by Kurt Vile.
Recorded in the old vault of the Planetary Society, it’s part two of a great chat with Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan. He and David share more Elysian Space Dust IPA and discuss Mat’s life, his love of space, Ray Bradbury, and what’s next in humanity’s quest to find out where it came from.
Mat Kaplan, the velvety smooth voice behind Planetary Radio, shares some Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing and talks about his life, his early fascination with space, what he loves about it, and what excites him about future exploration.
To learn more and/or become a member of the Planetary Society (highly recommended) click here.
Matt Candeias from In Defense of Plants joins David via skype to share some Octoberfest from Bell’s Brewing and chat about botany, plants, ecosystems, and protecting the planet. Some comedy to start it off from the late great Andy Ritchie.
Continuation of a great chat with Farah Alibay, who has a PhD from MIT in Astronautics and works at JPL, over Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head. The talk covers lots of areas from Mars to space in general to sports to Noam Chomsky.
Farah Alibay (@trifarahtops), a systems engineer at JPL with a PhD from M.I.T. in Astronautics and Aeronautics, drops by to share some Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewing and chat about the mission to Mars, space in general, and how to remove a boulder from an asteroid.
Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen (RIP) finishes it off.
Heath Black (@heathwblack) from imzy.com is back, along with more Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing, for the second part of a great chat about startups, technology, the American Dream, Silicon Valley, and the future of humanity.
Part two of the chat with JPL Instructional Tech Specialist Lyle Tavernier (@lyletav) and his delicious home brewed IPA. This one gets further into Mars, the search for life, and figuring out whether we are alone.
Music at the end by Young Prisms with the song Runner.
Instructional Tech Specialist Lyle Tavernier (@lyletav) from JPL brings his own homebrew to share with David and chat about space, science, education, technology, and exploring the universe. A chat with Amber (@amber914u) starts things off.
Austin comedian and environmental engineer Ella Gale (@hellakale) is the guest. She joins David to share some Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 and chat about the planet, its health, and what can be done to alter it. A call to Grace (@AnonEMaus) starts it off.
Portland farmer and Clackamas Community College professor Chris Konieczka has David to his house where they sample three different beers while sitting outside among some of Chris’ crops and his chickens while sampling some fresh food that he grew. They discuss farming, food, ethics, and healthy living.
The end features Pure Imagination by Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
Caltech PhD candidate Dagny Fleischman is back to sample some Smoking Redhead by Brewyard Brewing Company and talk more about Material Science, chemistry, STEM, and women in science. It’s a terrific cap to the first 52 weeks of the podcast.
Caltech PhD candidate Dagny Fleischman visits over some Summer Pale Ale from Port Brewing and discusses Material Science, chemistry, beer, her life, and so much more. A call to Sasha (@UncleButler) starts things off.
The music at the end is The Helmsman by Ambulance LTD.
Comedian and artist Ramin Nazer, author of Strippy Comics, drops by to share some beer from June Lake Brewing and chat about being creative, what inspires, and how to stay productive. A call to Matt (@badwolf408) kicks things off.
From the lab at the Singularity University, David and his girlfriend visit with Aaron Frank (@aarondfrank) for part two of their chat about A.I., technology, simulations, philosophies, and much more. A phone chat with the fantastically talented artist Jeanne Hospod (@JeanneHospod) kicks things off.
David and his girlfriend visit Aaron Frank (@aarondfrank) of the Singularity University at the Google Campus near Bethel Field and discuss technology, the impending Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, existence, and robots. David rambles a bit at the beginning about the current state of the world.
Once again from the Treefort Festival, David chats with PhD Dylan Haas about his life, addiction, recovery, microchips, and finding what makes you happy. Part three of the chat with Riley Newton gets it going.
The music at the end is I Don’t Feel Right by Idiot Glee.
Dylan Haas, who has a PhD in Material Sciences, talks about his life, career, and academic pursuits as well as addiction and recovery. It was recorded from a hotel room during the Treefort Festival in Boise with David sampling some Dagger Falls IPA by Sockeye brewing. Part two of the chat with Riley Newton gets things started.
The music at the end is Into Black by the band Blouse.
The answer to life, the universe, and everything comes this week in the 42nd episode with Dave Relyea, an astrophysicist who shares some mead as well as his knowledge of A.I., algorithms, the future, and so much more. A talk from Phil Hellenes kicks things off.
The music at the end is Something There from Quilt from their album Plaza.
Dave Relyea, who has a PhD in physics from Caltech, stops by with some delicious Mead and talks about his new job, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and some projections for the future. A chat with Riley Newton from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival gets things started.
Eric Krug is back to finish our conversation about American History and particularly the presidents. His knowledge is vast, and we cover a lot of ground while sharing some brown ale as well as Goose IPA. A chat with Helen Vank live from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival gets things started.
Eric fields some twitter trivia, and the music at the end is Godspeed from the album Cycle by Steve Robinson and Ed Woltil.
Austin comedian Eric Krug drops by with a wealth of knowledge about the history of the United States, the Presidents, and a lot more. He and David share some Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Brewing and chat about history, politics, Austin, and Eric’s love of the presidents.
Samuel B. Prime (@sbprime) of L.A. Cine Salon is back to share more Chocolate Stout from Samuel Adams and continue the chat about film restoration, archiving, preservation, interests, Catch My Soul, and a lot more. Grab a libation and join in.
Samuel B. Prime of L.A. Cine Salon drops by to share some Sam Adams 13th Hour and chat about his love of film, film restoration, archiving, and the masterpiece Catch My Soul. A call to Artie (@ArtieFissio) kicks things off.
Tony Thaxton is back to share more Saison from June Lake Brewing and chat about life changes, inspiration, and the Motion City Soundtrack farewell tour. A call to Jamie in Florida kicks things off and music from Ella Fitzgerald brings it to an end.
Tony Thaxton from Motion City Soundtrack stops by to share some Saison from June Lake Brewing and talk about the band’s final tour, drumming, life changes, moving on, art, creativity, and lots more. A call to Dave Thaxton (@JonPaxton) in Utah starts things off.
Heather Wright and Katie Sanders share some Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing company with David and discuss Stem Cells, ethics, scientific advancement, and many other things in part four of their ongoing discussion. A call to Nate Chappell (@wolfoutTV) starts things off, and music from Prince closes it out.
Heather Wright and Katie Sanders, PhD students at UC Irvine studying Cancer Biology, are back this week to talk about Stem Cells. Actually, David visits them remotely on a trip through Orange County. They share some Beaver’s Milk from Belching Beaver Brewing and talk about the ethical implications of stem cells, their uses, and what is holding their availability back. You’ll also meet Ronald and Lupe who are Heather’s pet reptiles. A call to Chris Mancini, who has a kickstarter for a graphic novel called Long Ago and Far Away, kicks things off.
Mike Wiebe (@mikewiebe) is back to share more Trooper from Iron Maiden and continue the conversation about life, art, creativity, music, and everything. We tip our caps to Merle Haggard by playing Big City at the end of the episode.
Mike Wiebe (@mikewiebe), the lead singer of the Riverboat Gamblers, shares some Trooper Ale from Iron Maiden Brewing, and we discuss origins, art, music, creativity, and why any of that matters. A chat with Boise State student Tiffany McCree kicks things off.
The brilliant Jason Rabinovitch is back this week to share some Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing and chat more about his journey in science, CERN, JPL, hockey, life, and everything. A call to Andy Thompson starts things off.
The music at the end of this episode is Rebels of Our Own Kind by Charlie Van Stee.
Jason Rabinovitch, a PhD who studied at Yale and Caltech, had an internship at CERN, and currently works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, visits the Space Cave to share some Elysian Space Dust IPA and chat about his life, physics, space, and what it’s like to work at JPL. Part four of the chat with Ambrose starts it off.
Artist Brett Kern (@brettkernart), who teaches and lives in West Virginia, is the guest this week. He and David talk about ceramics, life, teaching, Ninja Turtles, and his amazing sculptures — all while sharing some delicious Anderson Valley Winter Solstice via skype. Part two of the conversation with Ambrose (@AmbroseLMakeup) starts things off.
Molecular Neuroscientist Crystal Dilworth, PhD (@PolychrystalhD), is back this week to talk more about science, existence, computing, research, gender roles in the science community, and choreographing the Caltech production of Boldly Go. A call to Quantum Chess creator Chris Cantwell gets things started.
The music at the end of this episode is Not a Problem by Kali Kazoo. They will be playing live at the Other Door in North Hollywood Wednesday March 2nd. Their latest album ins called Contrary to Popular Belief.
Crystal Dilworth, PhD, drops by to chat about the world of science, how to advance awareness of scientific discovery, her home schooling, quantum chess, entanglement, and her upcoming theater production, Boldly Go, premiering Friday February 26th at Caltech. A call to one of my favorite people, Martha Kelly (Baskets on FX) starts things off.
Neuroscience PhD and comedian Zono Zalay (@JonoZalay) is back this week to talk further about neuroscience, his experiments on rats, the brain’s reaction to certain drugs, and a lot about addiction. Grab some Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing and join in before Jono has to urinate.
The music at the end of this episode is Daydreamer from John Fullbright’s album From the Ground Up.
David sits down with Jono Zalay, who on top of being a funny comedian, also has a PhD in Neuroscience. They share some Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing and delve into what we know about the brain, what we’re learning, what it means to be human, and lots more. A call to Ambrose (@AmbroseLMakeup) starts it off.
The Guppy conversation continues with exotic fish breeder extraordinaire, Dan Pritchard (@danfromorange), who calls in all the way from Australia. Find out all about rare fish breeds, finding new varieties, the ethics involved in discovering them, and what makes them pretty. A call to old podcast pal (and Green Circle Award Winner) Steven Yates kicks things off.
The music at the end of this episode is I Could Be by Hat and Boots. Who are they? Who gave me this music?
Dan Pritchard, who engineers the show, is the guest this week from Australia. Not only does he know a lot about comedy, he also raises and breeds guppies. We chat via skype about breeding Exotic Fish, comedy, life, and much more. Matthew Wielicki makes a return as we try to figure out how excited we should get for Planet Nine.
Professor Mysterioso (@ChrisLTH) is back once again to talk more about Speciation, misconceptions, genes, and so much more. We have some more California Blonde Ale from Eel River Brewing, and I blather about current events at the beginning. To end it, we play Starman from David Bowie, who is hopefully back at home among the stars.
Professor Mysterioso, Chris Davidson (@ChrisLTH), drops by this week to talk about Biology, speciation, science in general, and really just a lot of fascinating information. We sit down with some California Blonde Ale from Eel River Brewing and get into it. There are also some movie reviews at the beginning.
Kyle McGinn is back to talk more about Poetry, his process, how you define poetry, and what makes it good. We also read a bit of poetry and discuss what we enjoy about the genre while we drink more Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing. It’s a relaxed, mellow vibe this week with just a few ghosts walking around above the basement. A call to Ira (@wemetintheair) gets it going.
The music at the end of this episode is Sirens from The Pack A.D.
Kyle McGinn writes poetry, and he is also cancer-free after going through treatment recently. He was nice enough to bring over some Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing while I was in Minneapolis, and we sat in a basement and chatted about poetry, life, art, creativity, and how you move on after beating cancer. The final episode of 2015 is a positive one. Grab some Moose Drool and join in. A call to Zeke (@ironmanmode) starts it off.
Dave Farina from The Lonely Wild is back to continue the chat on Chemistry, molecules, and some common misconceptions about chemicals. Why do we think they way we do about chemicals? How do unethical companies take advantage of this? Your guide to better living through chemistry starts here with some tasty Fresh Squeezed IPAs from Deschutes Brewing. A call to Andrew (@Izdaisho) gets things started.
Dave Farina, who plays drums in The Lonely Wild, stops by this week for the first part of a chat about Chemistry. In addition to being a musician, Dave also does a video series online called Professor Dave Explains where he helps educate kids and adults alike with quick, fun youtube tutorials. We sit down with some Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewing and chat about Dave’s background, music, and chemistry. A call to Zach (@yojibillions) starts things off.
Heather Wright and Katie Sanders are back for another chat. This time the PhD candidates from UC Irvine and I sit down with some home brew from their friend Bach Tran to talk more about their studies in cancer research. We get further into what we know about it, how it may be overcome, and what it’s like to proselytize on a plane. The beer is great, and the conversation is full of fascinating information.
Heather Wright and Katie Sanders (@BioCuriousKatie), who are each pursuing PhDs from UC Irvine in Cancer Biology, were nice enough to drive up and bring their own beer. We sat down with some Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing and chatted about what we know about cancer, and what we can do to better understand it. A call to RJ (@cabbagetits) kicks things off, and a song from Matthew Robins closes it out. It’s another from his album ‘Noah’s Ark’ and it’s called “Are We Alone?”
The lyrics from the song are vaguely tangential to the conversation, and cancer research is particularly important to me after the passing of my friend Andy Ritchie on Thanksgiving. I hope we can find a way to beat this stupid disease.
Sam Mandegaran, who studied at Princeton and Cal Tech, is back this week to continue our conversation about start-ups, electrical engineering, computer chips, film, and more. Sleek Zeke from El Segundo Brewing is the beer this week. It’s a nice pale wheat ale. A call to Keith Blomberg, who directed One-Headed Beast, gets it started, and a song from Matthew Robins (a Snake Bit my Hand) closes it out. You can buy the album Noah’s Ark here.
Sam Mandegaran is an electrical engineer who studied at Cal Tech and Princeton. He is also a filmmaker, and an enjoyer of beer. We sit down over some Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing and chat about science, electrical engineering, art, intelligence, and lots more. The song at the end is courtesy of Casual Strangers once again.
Harvard physicist Wes Campbell is back this week to discuss more about his research with atoms, his research project through UCLA, and many more quantum things. We sit down with some Pechish, a sour beer from Cisco Brewers, and get to the bottom of it all. A quick chat with my old pal Vern kicks it off, and music from Casual Strangers sends us out. They are based out of Austin, Texas, and the song is entitled Holocene Dream.
Wes Campbell, who has a PhD in Physics from Harvard, drops by the cave this week to share some sour beer from Black Market Brewing and chat about his research with the Campbell group through UCLA. We talk about atoms, quantum computers, the need for science, how it is disseminated, and more. We also learn about this, which Wes wanted to be shared — and rightly so. A call to Alfonso Callejas kicks things off.
The end music is by Seres, and it is called Paralelos. You can find more here.
The conversation with Kerri Lendo continues this week with more Shiner Bock, and we get into the nature of wanting to learn, how we can examine things like DNA on such small levels, what it may lead to, and all sorts of other things. A call to Aaron Burrell (@airburple) kicks things off.
– The hotel we stayed in for the wedding was part of a casino that allowed smoking, and my throat didn’t respond well to all the second-hand smoke.
My old pal, and funny Austin comedian, Kerri Lendo drops by to chat this week about Chemical Engineering, cloning, working in a lab, living in Austin, and lots more. We share some Shiner Bock, and she tries to remember what she learned while getting her degree from Penn State. A call to Jared Ribstein (@jribstein) in Duluth kicks things off, and a song by Dan Pritchard closes it out.
Sheila Madrak is back this week with Petunia to continue our chat about the ocean, turtles, ecology, charismatic megafauna, and so much more. This time we are sticking with something from Stone Brewing in San Diego and enjoying their Arrogant Bastard Ale. Listen to a quick check-in with Chris Luchterhand (@chrisrluch) via twitter, grab a refreshment, and then join in.
Sheila Madrak (@shishfish), a marine ecologist pursuing her PhD in Conservation Ecology from the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology at San Diego State University and UC Davis, was nice enough to drive up from San Diego with her pet turtle Petunia and talk about marine life, ecosystems, how to keep them safe, and the role of humans in all of it. We also enjoyed some Ruination Ale from Stone Brewing in San Diego. All of which was thoroughly enjoyable. A call to Kim Bowman, who has been incredibly helpful with the podcast so far, kicks it off as we chat about her genealogy. Get nice and cozy and join in.
The cave sounds like a remote mountain getaway this week as I check in with @ryanrogers via twitter then sit down with Andy Beckerman once again to finish our conversation about Physics and Philosophy over some Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale.
After a quick chat with @donny_gates via twitter, I sit down and chat with the host of the Beginnings Podcast, Andy Beckerman, about physics, science fairs, aspirations, life, and various other things. I met Andy when I was a guest on his podcast, and he’s both smart and funny. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Temple University, and he also studied physics, so we had a lot to talk about. He doesn’t drink beer, but he was nice enough to sample a bit of the Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale, which was surprisingly good.
After a quick chat with the Waco Kid (@tepid_mess), I continue my conversation with Matthew about Planetary Exploration. We get into the specifics of finding life on other planets, whether it would be wise to disrupt them or attempt to communicate, and we devise plans to get ourselves to other worlds. We also enjoy more Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven.
In the inaugural episode, I head into the cave and chat briefly with James Curle, who was the first to tweet in his phone number. Then I sit down with Matthew Wielicki, who has a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry, and chat about something I have been interested in for a long time — Planetary Exploration. We share some Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven (which is a tasty Saison) and chat about how to go to other planets, why we would go, and what we would do when we get there. Grab a cool beer, and join in.